Uncertainty in Electromechanical Actuators PhD

Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering
Entry requirements:
3 years
not available
Reference number:
Start date:
01 October 2018
Is funding available?
UK/EU fees:
International fees:
Application deadline:
09 March 2018



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Project detail

Electric machines are increasingly being used to automate processes throughout manufacturing value chains. However due to mechanical tolerances, component wear and manufacturing variations, the way these machines react to actuation commands can be uncertain.

The traditional way to approach these uncertainties is to measure the system response and use a control algorithm to correct the actuator accordingly. This project aims to construct a novel framework for understanding the uncertainty in electromechanical systems, and to use this framework to identify methods for controlling the system more effectively.

This project will include a theoretical component focussed on the underlying theory of uncertainty and optimal control, and a practical component investigating the real-world behaviour of uncertain electromechanical actuators.


Primary supervisor: Dr Will Midgley

Secondary supervisor: TBC

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in Mechatronics Engineering or a related subject. A relevant Master’s degree and/or experience in one or more of the following will be an advantage: MATLAB, Simulink, uncertainty, nonlinear interactions/dynamics, control theory and optimisation.

Applicants must meet the minimum English Language requirements, details available on the website.

Fees and funding


Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, IT equipment and other support services. University fees and charges can be paid in advance and there are several methods of payment, including online payments and payment by instalment. Special arrangements are made for payments by part-time students.

The studentship will start in October 2018, for three years, and provides a tax-free stipend of £14,786 per annum( provisional) plus tuition fees at the UK/EU rate (currently £4,195 p.a.). While we welcome applications from non EU nationals, please be advised that it will only be possible to fund the tuition fees at the international rate and no stipend will be available. Successful candidates will be notified by 30th April 2018.

How to apply

All applications should be made online.  Under programme name, select Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering.

Please quote reference number: WM2018

Application details

Reference number:  WM2018
Start date: 01 October 2018
Application deadline: 09 March 2018